Discovered 1945 Geneva, New York
Parentage McIntosh x Red Delicious
Harvest Midseason

What do you get when you cross a Red Delicious with a McIntosh? An Empire, an apple variety whose flavor is sweeter than a Mac and more tart than a Delicious, and it has juicy, firm white flesh that does not easily bruise. It is a high-quality dessert apple and good for all culinary uses. It has a striking, deep red skin brushed with gold and green. Look for Empires in late September.


Empire is a relatively new variety, raised by R.D. Way in 1945, and introduced commercially in 1966 by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York.

This apple is grown at 53 New England orchards